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January 04, 2008

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Surgery Saves Golf-Ball-Eating Snake

Attention golfers and chicken farmers: Beware hungry snakes.

Attention hungry snakes: Beware golfers and chicken farmers.


Comments

YooperJack

I think it's neat that those people went out of their way to save that creature. It goes a long way to show us what kind of friends we have down under!
YooperJack

Matt Mallery

YooperJack,

I agree totally. There are a lot of snake haters in the world that kill any snake they see. These people showed a lot of compassion.

GREG

I think snakes are one of the coolest creatures there are. Waitin on the haters!

Tommy S.

You know it GREG!

Fear of snakes is probably the most irrational fear humans have.
Snakes are the devil....eeeewwwwww....aaahhhh...kill it...its gonna get meeeeeeeeee!
LOL!!!!!
In my old neighborhood, before my wife and I wised up and moved to the country, I was the snake guy.
I, like you GREG, have snakes and do not fear them. The 'hood picked up on that, and they would call me at the slightest twitch of a worm, or worm snake!
I would come and say no...thats not a copperhead, no...thats not a water mocassin...its funny that is all they knew of...the venomous ones! Which are so rare, even in NC, that you never see them unless you actually seek them out. And they are still nearly impossible to find, unless you know exactly where to look, which is rarely anywhere near anybody, or they're pesticide ridden yards.
I would sit there with a brown snake or an endangered worm snake, (that never seemed endangered to me), and tell the kids about it. Pretty soon they all got closer and closer, and guess what...fear gone. But fear must be replaced with knowledge. Soo...

Then I would tell the kids to learn to identify them before ever touching one, and that they really shouldn't touch them anyway. That they can transmit salmonealla, and they just want to be left alone. I would always tell them to stay away from snakes because they could be dangerous, but not to fear or kill them ignorantly, because they deserve life just as much as we do.

GREG, my 1.9227 cents
Later

GREG

I agree with every word Tommy. Wait for it. Here it comes!!

YooperJack

Tommy S., Greg
Actually, I'm one of those described above. I live in mortal fear of snakes. That's why I live up here. I've worked in the South and I get offers to come down there and work, but when I'm down there, I spend all my time looking for the snake that'll be the last thing I see before I'm dead!
My forester buddies down there think I'm nuts and they're right. Most of them have worked down there for decades and rarely see poisonous snakes.
I don't bother snakes when I see them. I know that even poisonous snakes do much more good than harm. But growing up in the north, I don't think I learned the proper way to act down there.
YooperJack

GREG

I feel for ya YooperJack. At least you didnt say "Only good snake is a dead snake" Before anyone gets on my a%$ I have several things made of snake leather.

Tommy S.

Yooper,

Don't worry about it. This fear we are speaking of was created long ago, and is linked deeply with religion. It will take a long time to get rid of this irrational fear. Just stay clear of them if you can't identify them. And remember...snakes aren't gonna chase you around and try to kill you...that is a myth. Most venomous species do not even inject venom when they bite in defense! Like when some a-hole is trying to pick them up, which is how nearly all venomous bites occur!
They need almost a month to generate enough venom to kill a meal sized rodent - and they know this...instinctively!
They do not want to waste it in a defense mechanism.
Snakes are freaking awesome.
The most evolved creature on our planet...except maybe birds.
Turns out our dinosaurs may have been much more related to birds then reptiles.

Hey Greg - can't wait for that to become more main stream. Folks are gonna freak out!

Ophidiaphobic

[email protected] snake got what it deserved. I just don't think snakes should eat golf balls...

Bubba

If it has fangs and produces venom and shows up on my place, it dies!
If it dines on vermin, rats and mice and the like, it is welcomed with open arms, as long as Momma don't see it!

Bubba

YooperJack

Okay, what I've got is probably a phobia. I did hear that Water Moccasins will aggressively go after you. Is that true? Also, do they really smell like watermelons. My friends tell me they smell them before they see them.
YooperJack

Bubba

Yep, Yoop, you can smell them, but it don't smell like watermelons to ME! It's just a nasty odor. I'm not sure if it's curiosity or what but yeah, they will come at you!

Bubba

GREG

They will come after you if they feel threatened or cornered. That is the water snake, non-poison, very aggressive. The Cottonmouth usually stands its ground and shows its cotton mouth. These are my experiences. The AR river is 20 feet from my back door so I am familiar with water type critters.

GREG

And yeah it aint watermelon its a musk that comes out of their [email protected]#es and it stinks!!

YooperJack

Hey guys, thanks for the info. I doubt that there is a poisonous snake within 200 miles of me!
YooperJack

Trae B.

Back here in georgia we always see rattle snakes and we do have to kill them because we have alot of younguns and dogs.weve already had a few dogs killed.but last summer I killed a nine foot rattle snake in my neighbors yard after his young boy almost stepped on it.

YooperJack

How can you sleep at night? I would close my eyes, see my Grandkids, see the snake, and break into a cold sweat!
BTW, I think one of the scariest scenes ever in a movie is Lonesome Dove, where they cross the swollen river, and the young Irish fellow runs into that ball of Water Moccassins. A great mini-series, but that scene ranks up there with the shower scene in Psycho.
YooperJack

Ed J

yooper
how about the Indiana Jones seen when hes in that pit full of snakes.

YooperJack

EdJ
Boy, that goes back a while! I didn't like that either. You guys would't either, those were cobras. Lonesome Dove was special though. I've probably watched it, maybe 6 times. Read the book. Bottom line is we've got some type of water snake up here that looks scary, and pine snakes that get quite large 6-8'. Their also scary. I try to leave them alone because they do a lot of good.
YooperJack

Bubba

I grew up in East Texas, dealing with the cotton mouth on a fishing outing was just part of the excitement, expecially along the Neches River! I have "heard" more than one horror story about swimming into a "ball" of moccasins..... "heard", never witnessed!
I did have a "stump-tail" chase me out of the water once. Had my fish stringer tied to my belt loop with a couple of small bass attached. I think he was after the fish rather than ticked at me!

Bubba

YooperJack

Bubba:
What's a stump-tail?
YooperJack

Bubba

Rather than their tail tapering off to a sharp point, the water moccasin has a rather blunt tail. We just called them "stump tails" because it kinda looked like a bull dog's "stumped off" tail!

Bubba

Tommy S.

Many people think, in fact, that a snake, particularly by rumor, a water moc., will chase you.

Not true. Snakes use they're sense of vibrations to move, much more than they're eyes. They almost always go another way, at least snakes on this continent, if a way out is available. Snakes that seem to go at you; are simply trying to elude you, and just didn't pin-point the vibrations accurately.

Try dealing with some of Australia's or Africa's snakes. They will "attack" people.
And while I love snakes; I blame no one for killing a venomous one on they're property; especially with dogs and children around.
Just be ready for more rats and mice if you kill too many. They are just as effective as cats;

AND NATIVE.

GREG

Never had a poisonous snake "come at me" but I have had black racers and water snakes be very aggressive and they will bite you hard. I say "water snakes" because we have at least 10 different kinds here from the generally pissed off Nine banded water snake to the aquatic looking,cant makem bite, beautiful Mud snake. I love this post to help educate people. And like Tommy I have no problem with someone killing a poisonous snake on their property. At least give it to someone who will use the snakes skin, meat etc. Snake skins make beautiful leather.

GREG

I said some snakes will come at you and then said never had one come at me. Let me clarify, what I meant was unprovoked. Sorry bout the confusion.




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